Members of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Circle K attend the annual Capital District Circle K International at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium, Maryland. The members walk away with six awards, including the Carthage Pullman Award for selfless dedication to the club by an advisor. From left, students Kelli Hill '10, club president from Hagerstown, Maryland; Kristen Brunot '10, vice president of service from Columbia, Maryland; Erika Schmitt '12, secretary from Winchester, Virginia; James Massey '12, treasurer from Ellicott City, Maryland; and club advisor Glynnis Schmidt. (Submitted photo)
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (April 3, 2009)—On March 28, four club officers from the St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) Circle K Club attended the annual Capital District Circle K International (CKI) conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium, Maryland, and won six awards. SMCM students Kelli Hill '10, club president from Hagerstown, Maryland; Kristen Brunot '10, vice president of service from Columbia, Maryland; Erika Schmitt '12, secretary from Winchester, Virginia; and James Massey '12, treasurer from Ellicott City, Maryland, attended the Kiwanis-supported event.
The students participated in several workshops, elected new district officers, and received their six awards. Hill was awarded with the King Crab Award for performing over 150 service hours within the past year and Schmitt was awarded the Tremendous Timeliness Award for completing all club paperwork in a timely manner. St. Mary's College's Circle K also received the Jeffrey M. Wolff Club Achievement Award for excelling in all aspects of CKI, the Dale Larson Kiwanis-Family Relations Award for enhancing Kiwanis-family relations, and club scrapbooker, Brunot, assembled a scrapbook that won first place in the Club Scrapbook contest. Additionally, Kiwanis advisor Glynnis Schmidt was given the Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor Award and the Carthage Pullman Award for her selfless dedication to the club.
"The CKI at St. Mary's College of Maryland has always been lucky to have a Kiwanis advisor who does more than write checks," said Hill. "Glynnis has not only been an amazing mother to her own son (who she always gets involved in Kiwanis activities) but also to the CKI officers board. She has played a very active role in helping to train executive board members, complete service projects, and plan and execute events. Glynnis has been a great resource to our Circle K and we are so proud that she finally received recognition for all of her hard work. She gives the club the dedication that it needs to grow."
Sponsored by Kiwanis International, Circle K International is the largest collegiate community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. With more than 11,000 members in 17 nations, CKI is making a positive impact on the world every single day. The club is a self-governing organization and elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings, and determines its own service activities. Club members blend community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students around the world. Projects such as the Six Cents Initiative, CKI's fundraiser that aims to provide water to the 2.2 billion children worldwide who lack safe drinking water, bring CKI members together to make a difference in the world.